What is a fluoroscopic injection and what conditions does it treat?
Dr. Cosgrove says: “Fluoroscopic injections are a nonoperative outpatient procedure that uses X-ray guidance to localize injections at various sites throughout the body. This allows us to inject the medication with maximum accuracy.
“We commonly perform injections in the spine, hip and sacroiliac joints to help alleviate patients’ pain in these sites. Steroids and local anesthetics are injected to help with pain and inflammation. Common conditions treated with a fluoroscopic injection include: cervical and lumbar radiculopathy – or pinched nerves from the neck and back – neck and low back pain from painful facet joints, hip osteoarthritis and sacroiliac pain.
“While the effects of the injection tend to be temporary – providing pain relief for one week to one year – a steroid injection can be highly effective because it delivers the medication directly to the site of inflammation. More importantly, it can provide sufficient pain relief to allow the patient to progress with his or her rehabilitation program.”
James L. Cosgrove, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician at Tri Rivers. He treats axial spine and peripheral joint pain; neuropathic pain and weakness of the extremities; and myofascial pain syndrome. He also performs electrodiagnostic testing, fluoroscopically guided injections and Botox® therapy for spasticity.